3 seized Egyptian fishing boats return home from Sudan
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CAIRO: Twenty Egyptian fishermen on board of three boats returned back to Egypt Monday, after they were released by Sudanese authorities, Youm7 reported.

The boats, held in Sudan since April, arrived in Suez Monday.

A total of 101 Egyptian fishermen were arrested and were standing trial in Sudan over trespassing into Sudanese territorial waters; all of them were pardoned per a decision by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir Wednesday.

Some 81, out of the 101 fishermen arrived in Cairo International Airport August 6.

At least three fishing boats carrying 47 Egyptian fishermen have been seized in Libya since June, the head of Fishermen Syndicate, Ahmed Nassar, told Youm7.

The latest boat, called “Abu Hanaa,” was stopped by Libyan coast guards over “illegal fishing” in Libyan waters without prior license; 16 fishermen on board of the boat were arrested, Youm7 reported Saturday.

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